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News >  Spokane

Woman admits taking rings from ex-client

A Coeur d'Alene woman who has popped up – under several names – in probes of an old murder, a fatal small-plane crash and allegations of elder abuse pleaded guilty Monday morning to a charge of grand theft in Kootenai County 1st District Court. Mary Jane Vann, 56, was barely audible in the high-ceilinged courtroom as she answered "guilty" to Judge Fred Gibler's request for her plea to a felony charge that she stole two heirloom diamond rings from a former client at Fairwinds Retirement Community. Nearly two dozen people from Coeur d'Alene and Montana who say they have been victimized by Vann were in court Monday morning to hear the plea.
News >  Spokane

Gas theft rises along with prices

Jim Larson in Spokane and Lonnie Chase in Coeur d'Alene have had sleepless moments in recent weeks dealing with the same issue: how to best protect the minuscule profit margin they make on the sale of gasoline. Operators of gas station/minimart businesses, people like Larson and Chase have watched the price of gas soar above $2 a gallon in recent weeks. But no matter what the pump price, their profit remains roughly the same at about only 2 cents per gallon, they said.
News >  Idaho

Fire in vacant building labeled arson

A vacant fourplex scheduled for demolition caught fire early Friday morning, and city and state fire inspectors say it was caused by arson. "We found multiple ignition points," Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Deputy Chief Dan Cochran said Friday afternoon, rain spilling from the bill of his helmet. "All the services – electricity and gas – had been disconnected. We even checked to see if there were any lightning strikes near here in the last 24 hours."

News >  Idaho

Candidates vie for spots in rural areas

The Founding Fathers may have imagined Bonner County when they proposed a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Because in this place where the children of loggers and children of the counterculture can hit the drive-through espresso stand on their way to a chain-saw carving contest, people by the score are running for office. A state high of 22 hopefuls have filed to run for office this year, including 14 for the County Commission and seven for sheriff. Tuesday's primary offers a number of contested races in North Idaho's rural counties.
News >  Idaho

Judge orders crematory to close

A home-based pet cremation business will have to shut down or move after a Kootenai County judge ruled last week that the operation, though valuable to society and holding a valid county permit, is not allowed in the rural subdivision where it is located. In his decision, 1st District Court Judge John Luster noted many subdivision residents — even those who sued their neighbors running Jam-Por Pet Cremations — routinely ignored covenants of the Homestead Meadows near Garwood. But, Luster wrote, Jam-Por clearly violates the covenant against "commercial activity" even though the term itself is legally ambiguous.
News >  Idaho

Sheriff, prosecutor on Shoshone ballot

Shoshone County residents have a choice between insiders and outsiders when it comes to voting for sheriff and prosecuting attorney in the Tuesday primary, candidates in the contested races say. Sheriff Chuck Reynalds is seeking a second term and said his performance during the past four years is worth continued support. Bob Nelson, his challenger in the Democratic primary, said it's time for a fresh effort to fight a methamphetamine scourge in the county.
News >  Idaho

Two die in high-speed crash

Two area men were killed Tuesday morning in a horrific crash when a pickup truck and an SUV hit head-on at highway speeds just four miles south of Coeur d'Alene where U.S. Highway 95 climbs over the Mica Grade. "There are no marks of evasion. No skid marks," Idaho State Police Trooper Jerry Stemm said, standing with other troopers and emergency workers amid a scene of tangled metal.
News >  Idaho

Familiar faces in sheriff’s campaign

Voters in Benewah County aren't likely to be in for surprises when they vote for a new sheriff in the May 25 primary election. All four candidates have been around the county for decades; one is the undersheriff, one used to be sheriff, another is in his fourth run for sheriff and the last is a longtime officer with the St. Maries police. The job pays about $32,000 a year and the winner will supervise a crew of seven officers.
News >  Idaho

Boundary County schools seek levy to prevent cuts

A supplemental levy to finance school maintenance and some salaries, seen as "a defining moment in education in Boundary County," is on the ballot for the second time this spring. The highlight of Tuesday's school elections in North Idaho is Boundary County's second try to get voter approval of a $985,000 maintenance and operations levy that stands between an already spartan budget and a wave of deep cuts, Superintendent Don Bartling has said.
News >  Spokane

Stamps unveiled in Idaho

OROFINO, Idaho — The Pink House Hole, a rare flat spot along the banks of the Clearwater River, was the site of an uncommon gathering Friday morning to see the faces of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Capt. William Clark — peering across the gulf of two centuries — once more gazing sternly at an assembled crowd of whites and Nez Perce Indians. As blue fabric was whisked away, portraits of Lewis and of Clark were revealed to some 200 people who came to attend a "First Day of Issue" ceremony in which the U.S. Postal Service unveiled stamps to commemorate the bicentennial of the Corps of Discovery's epic journey across what is now the American West.
News >  Spokane

Whittles get 10 years each in girl’s drowning death

The judge looked intently at Coeur d'Alene couple James and Denise Whittle on Tuesday morning as he sentenced them each to 10 years in Idaho prisons for abusing 6-year-old Elizabeth Goodwin, who drowned while in their care. Despite the hours of testimony and the volume of documents, the judge said he still found a central question that had no answer: